The LEADERSproject website has been made possible by the partnership and support of the organizations and individuals listed below.
Director and Founder: Catherine (Cate) Crowley, CCC-SLP, J.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Crowley is a Professor of Practice in the Program of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. In 2001, she developed and continues to coordinate the bilingual/bicultural program focus and the Bolivia and Ghana programs. In 1996, she created and continues to direct and teach in the TC Bilingual Extension Institute, the only discipline-specific bilingual extension program for SLPs. A fellow of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, Dr. Crowley has received several national awards including ASHA’s “Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs,” ASHA’s first award for “Outstanding Contributions in International Achievement,” and the “2012 Humanitarian Award” from the National Coalition of Ghanaian Associations.
Over the years, Dr. Crowley has used her background as an experienced attorney to shape change and implement appropriate clinical practice especially regarding appropriate assessment of bilingual and minority students and students from lower income backgrounds. She currently has a multi-year consulting project with the NYCDOE and regularly consults on assessment issues with federal, state, and local agencies. Cate was the primary author of the ASHA’s 2004 policy statement that identifies the knowledge and skills needed to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services and wrote the seminal article on ethical approaches to multicultural populations with disabilities which is cited extensively in the literature. Recent publications focus on her international work in Ghana, Bolivia, Guatemala, and Colombia, appropriate disability evaluations, and issues related to clinician accent and intelligibility.
Assistant Director: Kristin Guest, M.S., CCC-SLP
Kristin Guest is a currently a bilingual speech language pathologist working in a diverse public middle school in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of the Teachers College Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a Bilingual Extension and participated in the Bolivia program with Dr. Crowley. Prior to her time at Teachers College, Kristin trained as an anthropologist and ESL teacher as well as living and travelling extensively abroad. She continues to expand her practice as a bilingual SLP through professional development as well as her collaboration with LEADERSproject.
Website Redesign: Georgia Duan, M.S., CF-SLP
Executive Producer: Maurice Matiz
Project Manager: Paul Joseph Stengel
Web and Logo Designer: Marc Raymond
Programmer: Paul Joseph Stengel
Video Production: Stephanie Ogden and Jon Hanford